Every Woman’s Right to Learn – International Women’s Day Conference London – NIACE ~ 8th March 2012

10 February 2012 at 7:30 pm

Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH

Imagine a world where the ambitions, dreams, talents and skills of girls and women are not limited by the barriers they face simply because they were born female. Imagine how the world would benefit from all their energy, creativity, brain power, passion, and ‘know how’. Continuing gender inequality is an unacceptable source of large-scale injustice. But it’s also an unacceptable waste of women’s hidden potential. We know things can, and should, work differently and that learning is the key to unlocking a better future. That’s our vision. We hope it will be yours and that you’ll join us in making it a reality.

NIACE has a long history of supporting women’s right to learn through our research, publications and events and last year organised an event that celebrated the 100th International Women’s Day. Women started drafting a manifesto for women’s access to learning at this event and worked through the year to produce Every Woman’s Right to Learn which is being launched at this event.

The gender gap has undoubtedly narrowed since the first International Women’s Day in 1911. Women have made gains in many spheres of life – economic, political, health, educational – but there is still much more to do to win full equality. Moreover, in a climate of funding cuts and continuing economic uncertainty, there is a danger that some of this progress, and particularly the essential services that support it, will be lost as the poorest people, families and therefore, women, are hardest hit.

Learning provides a route for women of all ages and backgrounds to find and fulfil their potential, whether it is at work, in their communities, or in discovering a creative talent or passion. It enables them to become leaders, to inspire others, to get things done and make changes in all spheres of life. Learning opens doors to employment, to progress at work, and better paid jobs with better conditions. Many women already benefit from adult learning and we celebrate their achievements. But many still don’t participate or have access to the advice, guidance and support they need to take up and get the most out of what’s available. You are warmly invited to join us in celebrating women’s achievements through learning and building the movement for Every Woman’s Right to Learn.

The conference aims to:
* To launch A Woman’s Right to Learn – a manifesto for women’s learning – and kick start activity to protect existing opportunities for women’s learning, and create more of them
* To gather materials (learning, campaigning, research…) to help us all take action to achieve the Manifesto’s ambitions
* To stimulate new thinking, practical ideas, creative solutions to building a better future for women in adult learning
* To celebrate women’s achievements through learning and inspire us all think more about how adult learning can address women’s inequality

Event Information
* Arrival and registration is at 10.15am for a 10:45am start. The event will end with tea at 3:20pm
* Event fee per person: £35
* Free bursary places for learners and learning support staff. Places can be applied for by explaining your circumstances via email to events@niace.org.uk
* (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee)
* NB: NIACE does not charge VAT on conference or course fees.

Contact: NIACE Events Team (events@niace.org.uk) Tel: 0116 204 2833
Apply: http://www.niace.org.uk/campaigns-events/events/every-womans-right-to-learn-0

See also:
* NIACE is co-ordinating a manifesto for women’s learning. We hope you support our vision whoever and wherever you are – Read http://www.niace.org.uk/womenlearningmanifesto
* Download a copy of the Manifesto (Word, 32KB) from http://www.niace.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/manifestoForWomensLearning.doc


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